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A look under the surface of a public consultation: Part 5/5 – Publication

Wednesday March 27 2013

In March 2013 the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) announced its advice to the Government on the ethics and science of mitochondria replacement – IVF-based techniques developed to give families at risk of passing on mitochondrial disease the chance of having a healthy child. Having considered the findings from the public dialogue carried out by OPM and… Read More

Decommissioning the effective and responsible way

Tuesday March 26 2013

The ongoing need to reduce total spend means the already difficult and sometimes misunderstood task of de-commissioning will be taking place in virtually all localities, writes Ayesha Janjua. In the recent past, many councils have been guilty of poor decommissioning; sometimes by cutting too hard, sometimes by cutting too fast. The result is something that… Read More

A look under the surface of a public consultation: Part 4/5 – Reporting

Friday March 8 2013

The reporting process of a public consultation is the final culmination of all the stages we have previously discussed in this series of blog posts. During report writing, the views of all respondents are condensed into a document that is often available to the public, which represents a definitive output of the consultation process, along… Read More


Asking the right questions for local government commissioning

Thursday September 23 2010

While much is uncertain about the coalition government’s policies there is undoubtedly a window of opportunity for local government to take the lead relatively unfettered by central and regional government. The coalition government’s spending review framework published in June invites decision makers in local government to ask the following nine questions: Is the activity essential… Read More

Big Society and community cohesion – Ideas from Europe

Tuesday September 21 2010

The Council of Europe asked me to speak recently in Ohrid, Macedonia about inter-cultural dialogue at their 2010 Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue. Based in Strasbourg, France and with 47 member countries, the Council of Europe aims ‘to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human… Read More

Saving what works from Prevent

Friday September 3 2010

Aligning successful Prevent projects to the Big Society and integration agenda There is no certainty over the future of the Prevent agenda. There is a fair amount of agreement that the Prevent strategy will be radically revised and that for some areas, funding will be reduced. It is critical that local authorities, who have received… Read More